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Employment Collection

From the Royal Navy to the Metropolitan Police, employment opportunities have shaped history

Background imageEmployment Collection: Royal Navy recruitment poster

Royal Navy recruitment poster. Stokers required, no previous experience necessary, age 18 to 25 years. Apply to the Royal Navy Recruiting Office, Naval Base, Great Yarmouth

Background imageEmployment Collection: Woman police officer attending an accident

Woman police officer attending an accident where a man appears to have fallen off a ladder. She is speaking into her hand-held radio. Date: circa 1970s

Background imageEmployment Collection: Metropolitan Police recruitment poster

Metropolitan Police recruitment poster
A Metropolitan Police recruitment poster, asking for ex-servicemen to apply. There are several hundred vacancies to fill

Background imageEmployment Collection: Uniform cap worn by Pullman Porter Philip Henry Logan, 1966. Creator: Unknown

Uniform cap worn by Pullman Porter Philip Henry Logan, 1966. Creator: Unknown
A black cap with metallic braid trim and a label reading PULLMAN PORTER in black. Being a Pullman porter was one of the jobs that helped build the black middle class in America

Background imageEmployment Collection: German propaganda poster, WW1

German propaganda poster, WW1
German propaganda poster, encouraging women to work in the Home Army during the First World War, for example by working in munitions factories to make grenades for soldiers to use. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageEmployment Collection: Police Recruitment Sign

Police Recruitment Sign
Metropolitan Police recruitment poster for more police, offering a job or career in the police force

Background imageEmployment Collection: The Jarrow March. The marchers left Jarrow on 5th October 1936

The Jarrow March. The marchers left Jarrow on 5th October 1936. They reached London on 31st October 1936 and they returned to Jarrow on 5th November 1936

Background imageEmployment Collection: Royal Navy recruitment vintage advertising poster

Royal Navy recruitment vintage advertising poster

Background imageEmployment Collection: Recruitment poster for the WaC and WRNS

Recruitment poster for the WaC and WRNS
First World War recruitment poster for the WaC (Womens Army Auxiliary Corps) and WRNS (Womens Royal Naval Service). circa 1917

Background imageEmployment Collection: Dressmakers workshop

Dressmakers workshop
Staff in the workroom of a dressmaker or outfitter. Clothes in various stages of completion are on dummies. The employees (all female apart from a solitary man with a tape measure around his neck)

Background imageEmployment Collection: Employees - Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Employees - Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA
The 36, 000 Employees of the Ford Motor Company, Detroit, Michigan, USA pose for a group photograph in front of the factory buildings

Background imageEmployment Collection: Welsh women road builders, South Wales

Welsh women road builders, South Wales
A group of twenty Welsh women road builders in Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales, holding their spades. They built the road to Hook in 1903-4 to facilitate transport to the colliery

Background imageEmployment Collection: Seven women police officers in netball team

Seven women police officers in netball team
Seven women police officers in the 1954 Met Police netball team, posing with a ball and a netball post. They include Heather Walker, Nora Blacklock, June Barrett and Pat Stacke. Date: 1954

Background imageEmployment Collection: Trades union membership certificate

Trades union membership certificate
A trades union membership certificate for the United Operative Plumbers Association of Great Britain and Ireland, with Defence and Defiance as their motto

Background imageEmployment Collection: Mill Workers - Spinning - Rochdale, Lancashire

Mill Workers - Spinning - Rochdale, Lancashire. Date: 1911

Background imageEmployment Collection: Women WW1 Land Army

Women WW1 Land Army
A poster recruiting for the Womens Land Army, showing a land girl feeding a horse and foal. Proclaiming, National Service

Background imageEmployment Collection: Welders, or For Full Employment After the War. Poster, 1944, by Ben Shahn for the Congress of

Welders, or For Full Employment After the War. Poster, 1944, by Ben Shahn for the Congress of Industrial Organizations
WWII: EMPLOYMENT POSTER. Welders, or For Full Employment After the War. Poster, 1944, by Ben Shahn for the Congress of Industrial Organizations

Background imageEmployment Collection: Wartime poster, Comrades in Arms

Wartime poster, Comrades in Arms! Britain and the USSR. Showing the British and Soviet Russian flags flying side by side. A message below says: British Women! You can win this war

Background imageEmployment Collection: Cotton weavers at their looms, Preston, Lancashire

Cotton weavers at their looms, Preston, Lancashire
Women operating cotton weaving looms at the works of Messrs Horrockses, Crewdson and Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire

Background imageEmployment Collection: Typesetting by hand, Morning Post newspaper, London

Typesetting by hand, Morning Post newspaper, London
A roomful of male compositors in London, typesetting the pages of the Morning Post newspaper by hand

Background imageEmployment Collection: Cotton weaving shed, Preston, Lancashire

Cotton weaving shed, Preston, Lancashire
A huge cotton weaving shed at the works of Messrs Horrockses, Crewdson and Co Ltd of Preston, Lancashire, with people at work

Background imageEmployment Collection: Training Ship Mercury and boys racing crew, River Hamble

Training Ship Mercury and boys racing crew, River Hamble
The racing crew of the training ship Mercury with the ship itself in the background. The Mercury, established in 1885 by Charles Hoare, was originally based at Binstead, Isle of Wight

Background imageEmployment Collection: Post-War Recruitment

Post-War Recruitment
Poster asking employers to take on men who have served during the First World War, featuring a personal plea from Douglas Haig

Background imageEmployment Collection: Girls filling penny tins of mustard, Norwich, Norfolk

Girls filling penny tins of mustard, Norwich, Norfolk
Girls at work filling penny tins of mustard at the firm of J Colman Ltd, Norwich, Norfolk

Background imageEmployment Collection: Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill

Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill
Uniformed boys on the deck of the Training Ship Exmouth perform dumb bell drill. The Exmouth, moored off Grays in Essex, was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a naval training establishment

Background imageEmployment Collection: Training Ship Exmouth, full crew

Training Ship Exmouth, full crew
Full group photo of the crew of the Training Ship Exmouth. The Exmouth, moored off Grays in Essex, was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a naval training establishment for pauper children

Background imageEmployment Collection: How films are made (litho)

How films are made (litho)
8675850 How films are made (litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: How films are made. Illustration from How it is Made, by Ellison Hawks (Odhams Press Limited)

Background imageEmployment Collection: Woman police officer in self-defence exercise

Woman police officer in self-defence exercise
Woman police officer (Moya Wood-Heath) taking part in a self-defence demonstration exercise at an outdoor event, watched by spectators. Date: circa early 1970s

Background imageEmployment Collection: Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform

Woman police officer in new Surrey uniform
Woman police officer (Eileen Greenwood) in the new Surrey uniform introduced in 1973. The jacket was single-breasted with four buttons, and the hat was in black and white with a checked design

Background imageEmployment Collection: Woman police officer in Hartnell uniform, London

Woman police officer in Hartnell uniform, London
Woman police officer (Margaret Miles) in a London street, wearing the new style Norman Hartnell uniform, introduced in 1968. Date: circa late 1960s

Background imageEmployment Collection: Wirral Colliery at Neston, just before the general strike

Wirral Colliery at Neston, just before the general strike. Wirral miners were the first to come out when the employers cut their wages. 10th April 1925

Background imageEmployment Collection: Austin Mini body shells are spray painted in the paint shop on production line at

Austin Mini body shells are spray painted in the paint shop on production line at Longbridge. 10th March 1963

Background imageEmployment Collection: Crowd outside the closed East India Dock Gates, Poplar, London, 1897

Crowd outside the closed East India Dock Gates, Poplar, London, 1897. Men wait, locked out of the East India Docks, probably during a strike in which the dock workers demanded fair pay

Background imageEmployment Collection: Inspector Alice B Clayden and her brothers, London

Inspector Alice B Clayden and her brothers, London
Woman police officer, Inspector Alice Bertha Clayden, with her three brothers (together with Sergeant Henry Pegler) in the yard of Crawford Place Police Station, London W1 -- the brothers are

Background imageEmployment Collection: Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London

Woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, London
A woman police officer, Inspector Lily Dawes, at Kennington, London, wearing belted jacket (summer uniform), helmet with badge, white shirt and tie, and duty armband. Date: 1933

Background imageEmployment Collection: Turkish Barber at Thessaloniki, Greece

Turkish Barber at Thessaloniki, Greece. Date: circa 1907

Background imageEmployment Collection: Tiverton Town Council buys Newts Hill Woods to provide fuel for the town people

Tiverton Town Council buys Newts Hill Woods to provide fuel for the town people. Workmen chopping down trees. 26 October 1920

Background imageEmployment Collection: Official wording, Apprenticeship Indenture

Official wording, Apprenticeship Indenture
Official wording of an Apprenticeship Indenture, between John Henry Watson of 3 Newland Street, Derby, and Messrs John Davis & Son (Derby) Limited

Background imageEmployment Collection: Great Crane at Woolwich Arsenal, south east London

Great Crane at Woolwich Arsenal, south east London
The Great Crane at the Arsenal, Woolwich, south east London, used to lift sections of large guns

Background imageEmployment Collection: Women brickmakers in the Black Country

Women brickmakers in the Black Country
Women brickmakers at work in the Black Country -- south Staffordshire and north Worcestershire

Background imageEmployment Collection: Poster advertising Canada to British settlers

Poster advertising Canada to British settlers
Poster for Canadian Pacific, inviting British settlers, married or single, to go to Canada. Help given towards farm purchase. Assisted passages for approved applicants

Background imageEmployment Collection: Teesside Butchers, 53 years a butcher, Circa 1972

Teesside Butchers, 53 years a butcher, Circa 1972

Background imageEmployment Collection: Closing of the Eagley Mills (clock tower of Eagley Mills can been seen in the background)

Closing of the Eagley Mills (clock tower of Eagley Mills can been seen in the background), Eagley, near Bolton, Greater Manchester. Eagley Mills is owned by J P Coats Ltd

Background imageEmployment Collection: The Bottle, 1847. Artist: George Cruikshank

The Bottle, 1847. Artist: George Cruikshank
The Bottle, 1847; showing an interior domestic scene with the father sitting in front of the fire smoking having been discharged from his employment because of his drunkeness

Background imageEmployment Collection: Lloyd Georges Munition Girls

Lloyd Georges Munition Girls
Front cover of a book describing womens experiences in a munitions factory during the First World War with a detailed account by an anonymous female shell-maker

Background imageEmployment Collection: Dennis Skinner, Labour MP for Bolsover, Derbyshire

Dennis Skinner, Labour MP for Bolsover, Derbyshire
Dennis Edward Skinner (b 1932), Labour politician, MP for Bolsover since 1970. Well known for his outspoken remarks in parliament, for which he has been suspended more than ten times

Background imageEmployment Collection: Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College. Girl welder in the NYA (National Youth Administration) school

Background imageEmployment Collection: 'Pit and tools for rent--work on your own', U. S. 99, Fresno County, California, 1939

"Pit and tools for rent--work on your own", U. S. 99, Fresno County, California, 1939
U.S. 99. Fresno County. " Pit and tools for rent--work on your own." California. [ Garage; Electric Welding ]



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From the Royal Navy to the Metropolitan Police, employment opportunities have shaped history. Step into the past with a glimpse at iconic recruitment posters like the Royal Navy's vintage advertising poster and the German propaganda poster from WW1. Reflect on moments of resilience, as seen in The Jarrow March of 1936, where determined marchers sought better employment prospects. Witness diversity in roles through recruitment signs for organizations like WaC and WRNS, showcasing women's contributions during wartime. Celebrate empowerment as Welsh women road builders pave their way in South Wales. Explore solidarity through trades union membership certificates and witness craftsmanship within a dressmaker's workshop. Marvel at Ford Motor Company employees who drove innovation in Detroit, Michigan, USA. And finally, cheer for progress as seven women police officers form a netball team - breaking barriers one game at a time. Employment has always been more than just work; it is an ever-evolving tapestry that weaves together stories of ambition, dedication, and collective growth.